Iranians fired 20 missiles from inside Syria at Israel. Their Iron Dome was able to knock a few of them down but others landed with no casualties reported. There was some minor damage to military installations but nothing of any significance. The Israeli army says the attack was carried out by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Forces. Israel had reported unusual movements by the Iranians in Syria and had started preparing in case of an attack. The attack took place just after midnight on Thursday.
Tehran has repeatedly vowed revenge after the T-4 army base in Syria was struck in an air raid — widely attributed to Israel — on April 9, killing at least seven members of the IRGC, including a senior officer responsible for the group’s drone program.
Immediately following the Iranian attack at 12:10 a.m., Syrian state media reported that Israeli artillery fire targeted a military post near the city of Baath in the Quneitra border region, where Syrian regime forces were stationed.
Approximately an hour and a half later, the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar news outlet reported that Syrian army air defenses were responding to an Israeli air strike against a target southwest of Damascus.
The pro-Syrian government Al-Mayadeen TV reported that 50 missiles were shot towards Israel. They also reported that Israel had retaliated but no details are available from either side at this point. The Israel Defense League confirmed the retaliation and said that this event is not over yet. That sounds pretty ominous. Iran was careful to only fire rockets at the military targets for fear that firing at the civilian population would bring about an all out war. That would seem to make it more of a face saving attack rather than an attack to do any real damage.
— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) May 9, 2018